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Sid Echikson

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If you identify as an Apache helicopter, you gotta see this | War Is Boring

It isn’t often that Americans living in more urbanized areas see military gunships flying overhead, but it’s even more uncommon to see the view from the gunships themselves. Those who jokingly “identify as an Apache helicopter” would be thrilled t

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A justification for unrest? Look no further than the Bible and the Founding Fathers

Understanding how unrest informed both early Christianity and the foundational stories of the United States can serve as a guide in this current period of turmoil.

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    Pasta finds its roots in ancient Greece; historians prove through texts, World News | wionews.com

    Pasta is probably one of the most favourite in not only European countries but also in India, Philippines, Brazil, South Africa and many more. While it is believed that pasta was inspired by Chinese noodles brought to Europe by Venetian nobleman and merch

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    The Strange and Dangerous World of America’s Big Cat People

    A headline-grabbing murder-for-hire plot helped expose the dark side of exotic animal ownership in the U.S. Is there now enough momentum to reform the industry?

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    Myths around mental illness cause high rates of unemployment

    Stigmas surrounding mental health can create difficult or even dangerous situations for employees struggling with mental illness.

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    'Bhopal’s tragedy has not stopped': the urban disaster still claiming lives 35 years on | Cities | The Guardian

    The Union Carbide factory explosion remains the world’s worst industrial accident – but as its dreadful legacy becomes increasingly apparent, victims are still waiting for justice

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    How to Enable Google Chrome’s New Extensions Menu

    Are too many Chrome extensions cluttering up your toolbar and menu? Google’s working on a solution for that. The new Extensions menu provides a place for all your extensions in one combined toolbar icon. It’s available today behind a flag.

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    Grizzly Bears on Threatened List Again

    Court reverses agency action that cited a rising population

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    Everest: I interviewed people risking their lives in the 'death zone' during one of the deadliest seasons yet

    Climbing some of the world's tallest mountains, you enter the "death zone" when you are 8,000 metres from sea level—where oxygen is 34% the concentration it is on the ground below. Climbing here is one of the most dangerous forms of tourism th

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      The Chicago Defender, Legendary Black Newspaper, Prints Last Copy - The New York Times

      For generations of black Americans, The Defender, influential and tough, was a force: “You knew it didn’t happen if it wasn’t in The Defender.”

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      Manatee deaths by watercraft rising at record pace in Florida

      Wildlife experts have blamed toxic red tide algae and a cold snap for the deadly 2018 experienced by manatees, but so far this year, boats are the primary cause.

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        Jack the Ripper: Does Shawl Have Mitochondrial DNA from 'Saucy Jacky'?

        A controversial “shawl” ostensibly connected to the third victim of Jack the Ripper has turned up mitochondrial DNA, which investigators say shows both that of Catherine Eddowes — and the long-elusive killer.

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        The Treasure Behind the Wall - The New York Times

        Something in the new Oscar de la Renta boutique in Paris was not what it seemed.

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          Why Do New Moms Want to Ignore Advice From Seasoned Moms?

          As I watch my friends who are new parents transition into the role, I feel full of affection and compassion, followed by a vexing desire to be consulted. But when I was a new mom, I didn’t want to hear advice from more seasoned parents.

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          The 'Unspeakably Disgusting' Way Stanley Kubrick Created 2001: A Space Odyssey's Trippiest Scene

          Today is the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s landmark masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, and to celebrate the iconic scifi film we have an exclusive excerpt from author Michael Benson’s deep dive into the making of the film, Space Odyssey: Stan

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          Do Proteins Hold the Key to the Past?  | The New Yorker

          Sam Knight on the new methods that are allowing a group of scientists to reëxamine the world’s libraries and archives, in search of the hidden lives of authors.

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          Jamal Khashoggi: What the Arab world needs most is free expression - The Washington Post

          The Arab world needs a modern version of the old transnational media so citizens can be informed about global events.

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          Elon Musk’s Guide to Tomorrow: How to Fix Earth, and Also Leave It | The New Yorker

          Ricardo Angulo and Ben Solomon write a humorous missive in the voice of Elon Musk about fixing and leaving Earth.

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          Pellet Gun Victims in Kashmir Suffer From Eye Injuries | Time

          India's army injured thousands with pellet guns. Images of pellet gun victims in Kashmir show the suffering caused by the supposed non-lethal weapons.

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          Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts in fury | Earth | EarthSky

          Reports indicate at least 25 dead and hundreds injured from Sunday's powerful eruption of Volcan de Fuego, one of Central America's most active volcanoes.

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          Egyptians: Scanning the Pharaohs

          Zahi Hawass Sahar N. Saleem The American University in Cairo Press Cairo, New York 2016 ISBN 978 977 416 673 0 I was thrilled whe...

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          There’s one hero of Entebbe who deserves his own film. I remember him well | World news | The Guardian

          Michel Cojot-Goldberg acted as the translator for Uganda’s president Idi Amin and as the go-between for the hijackers and passengers

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          At Le Coucou, A Day In the Life of a Line Cook | Bon Appetit

          Nana Araba Wilmot makes the food almost every night at Le Coucou, but since line cooks stay behind kitchen doors, you'd never know her name.

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          CNN’s Camerota confronts Holocaust denier running for Congress in heated interview | TheHill

          CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on Thursday confronted the Holocaust denier who is the sole GOP candidate running for an Illinois House seat.

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          The Secret to Henry Kissinger’s Success - POLITICO Magazine

          Many think the retired diplomat’s closeness to one man—Richard Nixon—was the source of his power. That gets Kissinger dangerously wrong.

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          The Encyclopedia of the Missing

          She keeps watch over one of the largest databases of missing persons in the country. For Meaghan Good, the disappeared are still out here, you just have to know where to look.

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          The Myth of the Limited Strike on North Korea | Foreign Affairs

          A limited strike would risk igniting a full-blown war on the Korean Peninsula.

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          Death as Entertainment at the Paris Morgue - Atlas Obscura

          In the late 19th century, tourists flocked to see bodies and guess how they got there.